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In her twenties, Alexandra Heminsley spent more time at the bar than she did in pursuit of athletic excellence. When she decided to take up running in her thirties, she had grand hopes for a blissful runner’s high and immediate physical transformation. After eating three slices of toast with honey and spending ninety minutes on iTunes creating the perfect playlist, she hit the streets—and failed miserably. The stories of her first runs turn the common notion that we are all “born to run” on its head—and expose the truth about starting to run: it can be brutal.

Running Like a Girl tells the story of how Alexandra gets beyond the brutal part, makes running a part of her life, and reaps the rewards: not just the obvious things, like weight loss, health, and glowing skin, but self-confidence and immeasurable daily pleasure, along with a new closeness to her father—a marathon runner—and her brother, with whom she ultimately runs her first marathon.

But before that, she has to figure out the logistics of running: the intimidating questions from a young and arrogant sales assistant when she goes to buy her first running shoes, where to get decent bras for the larger bust, how not to freeze or get sunstroke, and what (and when) to eat before a run. She’s figured out what’s important (pockets) and what isn’t (appearance), and more.

For any woman who has ever run, wanted to run, tried to run, or failed to run (even if just around the block), Heminsley’s funny, warm, and motivational personal journey from nonathlete extraordinaire to someone who has completed five marathons is inspiring, entertaining, prac­tical, and fun.

About the Author

Alexandra Heminsley is a journalist, broadcaster, and ghostwriter. She is the books editor for Elle UK and a contributor to the BBC. She lives in Brighton, UK.

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melbutler02, January 19, 2014 (view all comments by melbutler02)
From bar-hopper to walker to marathoner, Alexandra Heminsley chronicles her journey in "Running Like a Girl." With tips on building stamina (run regularly!), staying encouraged (make a goal and stick to it!) and picking the right sports bra (esthetics do not matter!), as well as motivating quotes at the beginning of each chapter, "Running Like a Girl" has me lacing up my running shoes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451697124
Author:
Heminsley, Alexandra
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Subject:
Running & Jogging
Subject:
running, run, runner, beginning runner, Born to Run, marathon, Ultramarathon, women runners, woman running, running tips, running shoes, running apparel, running clubs, race, 5K, 10K
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.38 x 5.5 in

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